We welcome you to Costa Rica Villa Concierge’s first blog post. As an introduction to this beautiful and tropical country, we would like to offer you a brief education of Costa Rica.
eographically speaking, Costa Rica is located in Central America, between the Latin American nations of Nicaragua and Panama. The country of Costa Rica, which is roughly the size of West Virginia, is divided up into seven regions: Alajuela, Cartgo Guanacaste, Heredia, Limon, Puntarenas, and San Jose (Costa Rica Villa Concierge is located in the Guanacaste region). In terms of topography, the country is diverse with a multitude of sandy coastline beaches, high elevation mountains, and dense forest jungles.
Despite the fact that people (Ticans) are living throughout the nation, Costa Rica’s ecosystem is left intact and preserves its naturalistic appeal. Hundreds of indigenous wildlife call this tropical country their home with a plethora of exotic birds, mammals, insects, and sea creatures.
Being so close to the Earth’s equator, Costa Rica’s climate is considered tropical year round with variances of microclimates conditions depending on elevation, topography, and geographical regions across the country. Costa Rica’s overall weather conditions are comprised of two climate periods, the dry season and rainy season. Naturally, the dry season, which lasts from December to April, has little or no rainfall during seasonal time period, while the rainy season, which last from May to November, and is more commonplace for higher humidity levels and more frequent rainfall.
Spanish is the official language for Costa Rica. However, due to the increase of international of tourism, there are a large number of its citizens that are moderately bilingual. English, of course, is the most common second language used in Costa Rica with popular tourist areas featuring signs in English and employees who speak it fluently. Keep in mind, this doesn’t mean that everyone speaks English there. It’s a good idea to travel with someone who knows Spanish or simply brush up on your Spanish (whether from a learning language books or recalling your high school Spanish classes). With life simpler and slower paced, you’ll find most Costa Rica citizens are very accommodating and patient with your Spanish, regardless how rudimentary it is.
Costa Rica’s national currency is the colón (pronounced Ka-lon-a) or known as the Costa Rican colón and abbreviated as CRC. With the growth in tourism, the U.S dollar and major credit cards are generally accepted in most towns and cities, more so in large hotels and established businesses (restaurants, stores, shops, etc). However, more secluded areas in the country or small family business / restaurants only use the colón. Costa Rican banks offer a good exchange rate if needed to convert dollars to colónes in your stay in Costa Rica.
Ever heard of the phrase “Pura Vida”? It’s a Costa Rican saying that literally means “Pure Life”. It may be used as greetings “Hellos”, farewells “Goodbyes” and to say that everything’s alright, but its meaning derives from the relaxing and slower pace life of Costa Rica. It may be a catchphrase, but for the people of Costa Rica, it’s a way of life.
We hope that this rudimentary insight into Costa Rica is helpful as we hope to see you soon in this magnificent country.